Ok, for the record, my boating career hasn't been perfect, but it's been pretty good!Its the planning, and prep that gives you a trust worthy boat, and I know He has had his fights over the years!!right mike?
Nice run!! Glad it all came together for you, and you and the ladies got out for a nice summer night cruze, and made that canal trip! :fing32::drunkie:
-One break down on a local lake. I had a fried stator and ignition pickup coil. I noticed the volt meter reading 18 volts and was thinking "this isn't good", but the engine was running fine and no smoke was coming from the engine cowl. We anchored up off the town beach for a swim and we saw a thunder storm approaching. I tried to restart the engine and no fire. We sat in the boat while the storm passed and I called my folks, they lived near bye, to give me a lift to get my truck and trailer to retrieve the boat off the beach. Then the trailer bunk let go and I had to jack the boat up and wedge a 2x4 under the hull and ratchet strap it down to get home without spearing the hull on a steel bracket. This maneuver required a quick ride home for a floor jack and lumber. My folks stayed with the boat while I ran home. I got the boat home safely and took it off the trailer on boat stands while I redid the trailer bunks, new tires, wiring and lighting.
-second, and last mishap, so far, is when I was boating with the wise guy I quoted above. We were retrieving the boat at a very shallow ramp. The winch cable was something I'd been meaning to replace because it was frayed and getting rusty. As soon as I looked down at the rusty cable it snapped at that exact spot! The boat was 1/2 way or so hi and dry on the trailer. Thankfully I had my friend Paul, and the tool box, to break the cable clips loose and move the hook back to some good cable and finished hauling the boat in. I replaced the cable the next day.
I've learned my lessons on both counts! The break down with the outboard was no fault of mine, things do let go now and then. The trailer issues were entirely my own, and will not happen again if I can help it!